The Beriev Be-8 'Mole' of 1947 was an all-metal utility amphibian flying-boat, with the main units of the landing gear retracting into the sides of the hull just below the pilot's cabin. The wing was supported above the hull by a central pylon, together with a pair of parallel struts on each side. The passenger cabin accommodated sixi A small batch of Be-8s was built, and examples were used in a variety of roles including flying ambulance, liaison,.and training.
|A three-view drawing (800 x 536)|
| ENGINE||1 x Shvetsov ASh-21 radial piston engine, 522kW|
| Take-off weight||3624 kg||7990 lb|
| Loaded weight||2815 kg||6206 lb|
| Wingspan||19.0 m||62 ft 4 in|
| Length||13.0 m||43 ft 8 in|
| Wing area||40.0 m2||430.56 sq ft|
| Max. speed||266 km/h||165 mph|
| Ceiling||5550 m||18200 ft|
| Range||810 km||503 miles|
Only two were built and yes the second prototype did feature hydrofoils for take off and landing, but they increased airborne drag substantially and along with the aircraft itself were not taken any further forward.
Does the plane in the photo have a hydrofoil setup in place of the wheels?
That would certainly improve takeoff performance I would think...
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?